Helpful Hint: How To Find A Book On The Shelf

September 18, 2014

Helpful Hint

Reading a Call Number

Each book in the library has a unique call number. A call number is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library. Call numbers appear on the spine of books, bound periodicals, etc.  Emmanuel College uses the Library of Congress Classification for call numbers. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subjects.


Read a call number by sections, line-by-line: 

The first line may begin with one, two, or three letters, read alphabetically:


The second line is made of a number that may have one or more digits. This line is read numerically, as a whole number:

ND 987
ND 1001

The third line is the trickiest part of the call number!  The letter is shelved alphabetically, and the number following the letter is treated as if it were preceded by a decimal:

N 3526 .B69 1999
N 3526 .C22 1999

Since the numbers of the third line are read as decimal numbers, these examples are in correct call number order:

NB413 .P441 1997
NB413 .P68 1997
NB413 .P7 1997
NB413 .P754 1997

This makes sense if you read the numbers as decimals!


The final lines of the call numbers may include dates, volume indicators, issue numbers, copy numbers, and other annotations. These annotations are read after the call number.

Check out the FAQ page on the Library’s website for more information on reading call numbers.


New ebrary reader

September 11, 2014

Ebrary’s new online reader interface:

  1. Supported browsers and tablets
    Windows 7, 8, 8.1
    OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks)
    Chrome – latest version
    IE – 9,10,11
    Safari- latest 2 versions
    Firefox- latest 2 versions
  2. User permissions are stated on the detail page – varies by publisher
  3. Can share a link to the whole book or if on a page, can share a link to that specific page.
  4. Cite book – Refworks is an option.
  5. NORMALIZED page numbers – e-version aligns with print version
  6. Downloading: pop-up gives option of downloading to laptop, apple device, or android.
    For desktop and laptop still need Adobe Digital Editions. Only need Adobe ID if you want to transfer book from laptop to iphone/ipad. Do not need an Adobe ID to download and use book exclusively on laptop
    Apple or Android devices use Bluefire app for downloads and reading
  7. Can bookmark pages
  8. Bookshelf – the same as the previous version
  9. Star icon on left brings up Annotations pane- brings up notes/annotations for book you are in.

TRAINING:  Lib Guides

YouTube ebrary training videos – 1 min to 1 1/2 min videos

Tip of the Week: Interlibrary Loan

March 24, 2014

Are you looking for a book or an article that is not in the Cardinal Cushing Library collection? Interlibrary Loan allows current students, faculty, and staff of Emmanuel College access to books and articles outside the Cardinal Cushing Library collection.

Access the Request Article/Book (ILL) forms on the Library home page under “Library Resources” heading in the center column. Make sure to select the appropriate form for either a book or article request, and then fill in as much information as you can. Every entry that is marked with a red asterisk is required, and other entries will provide our staff with additional information. When your item is available, you will be contacted via the email provided on the form. (Access the interlibrary loan policy on the Library home page under “Library Services and Policies” heading in the left column.)

Keep in mind that in addition to requesting materials, you may also visit Fenway Libraries Online and Fenway Library Consortium institutions in person for immediate access. A complete list of FLO and FLC institutions is available here:

Do you have more questions about interlibrary loans? If so, be sure to contact a reference librarian in person at the Reference Desk, via email at:, or via phone at: (617) 735-9927.

- Posted by the Reference Department

Proquest updates Literature Online (LION) interface

March 17, 2014

Proquest has updated the Literature Online (LION) interface, but will continue to have access to Literature Online on its legacy platform through the first half of 2014, so you can complete any work required on your end before they turn off the old platform.

Please see the link at the top of the LION home page for more information.  Feel free to ask a librarian if you have any questions.

Important Note: the “My Archive” accounts will not be migrated to the new interface. If you are using a My Archive account, please extract your data manually to the repository of your choosing and create a new My Archive account in the new Literature Online.

Evaluating Resources for All Your Research Needs

March 5, 2014

Are you currently searching for sources for a research project? Are you sure that the sources you are considering using are authoritative, free of bias, current, and verifiable? Take a moment to consider the following when choosing resources for your research:

1. Authorship and Authority
(Gibaldi 41-45)
Author Credential information:
[Note: In some cases, an organization or corporation may be responsible for a work.]

  • Educational degrees such as PhD, MD, etc.
  • Affiliations such as schools, research facilities or other organizations; and work experience.

Publisher and publication information:

  • Scholarly or peer reviewed journal articles undergo a higher level of screening by experts in the field.
  • Publishers may be associated with educational institutions or national professional organizations.

2. Accuracy and Verifiability (Gibaldi 41-45)
 Bias or point of view

  • Look at the author or publication affiliations for potential sources of bias.
  • Note the wording, tone, and how thoroughly differing opinions are explored.


  • Determine if the author has citations backing up any claims within a work.
  • Consult other sources to verify claims being made in the article.

3. Currency (Gibaldi 41-45)

  • Certain types of information have a shorter shelf-life than others. An older article on current trends in heart surgery would not be a credible source. However, an older English literature article could be a good source.
  • The date of publication may have an effect on the point of view or bias.

Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed.

New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003. Print.

If you have any further questions, be sure to contact a reference librarian in person at the Reference Desk, via email at:, or via phone at: (617) 735-9927.

-          Posted by the Reference Department

Using the New EC Print System

February 20, 2014

Emmanuel College has started to use a new printing system on campus called EC Print. It brings 27 brand new print devices to 17 convenient locations on campus. As well as black and white printing, these machines offer users the ability to scan directly to their email accounts, copy books and documents, and some machines offer color printing and faxing capabilities.

How do I print?

-          Web printing: Using this tool it is possible to upload documents to be printed from any computer.  To access Web Print, click on the “EC Print” in Applications list in Portal or go to

-          Library and Dorm Computers: Public computers in the library and dorm lobbies are also available for printing.

What is ‘Follow Me’ Printing?

-          With EC Print, uploaded documents are not sent to a specific print device, but instead stored in the print system.  Students can visit any print location on campus to complete the print job by tapping their ID and selecting the associated print listing

For detailed information as well as a map of printing locations, visit this website:

If you have any technical issues or in-depth questions, please contact the IT Help Desk.  They are located in the Administration Building, Room 130. Their hours are Mon. – Fri. from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Their phone number is: 617-735-9966 and they are also available via e-mail:

If you have any further questions, be sure to contact a reference librarian in person at the Reference Desk, via email at:,  or via phone at: (617) 735-9927.

-          Posted by the Reference Department

The Leisure Collection

February 10, 2014

Are you looking for something fun to read? Are you looking for something other than text books and journal articles? Would you like to curl up with a good book and read for pleasure? If so, look no further than the Leisure Collection in the Emmanuel College library. The Leisure Collection features a wide range of titles for all interests including mysteries, romance, thrillers, science fiction, sports, and many more.

To search the catalog for a specific title or author, head to the library site and look for the Library Resources heading in the middle of the page. There you will find a search window for our library catalog. If you would like to search by Title or Author click on the appropriate tab.


-          When searching by title, omit the initial article from your   search: “Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” instead of “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.”

-          When searching by Author, make sure to enter the author’s surname first: ‘Leonard, Elmore’ instead of Elmore Leonard.

Here are a few new editions to the Leisure Collection from several different genres:

-          Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

-          The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

-          The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

-          Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

-         Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon

If you have any further questions about reading for fun or would like help choosing a book  be sure to contact a reference librarian in person, via email at:, or via phone at: (617) 735-9927.

-          Posted by the Reference Department


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